As part of its annual staff volunteer programme dubbed, ‘21 Days of Y’ello Care’, MTN Ghana is renovating the Osu Salem Juniour High School (JHS) in Accra.
Staff of the company will for the next three days engage in masonry, carpentry and painting to give it a more refreshing look.
Similar activities would be undertaken at Agotikope Primary School at Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region and other schools in the Northern and Western Business Districts of the company.
This year, MTN will run the programme under the theme, “Investing in education for all”.
Speaking at a ceremony to launch this year’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care at Osu Salem JHS, Michael Ikpoki, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana said, “Our community support activities over the years have been driven by themes focused on brightening the lives of people in various communities around the world.”
He noted that apart from the economic benefits of education to national development, education also helps in preserving the health of a country.
“As an organization that is passionate about supporting the health delivery of the country, especially in the area of maternal and child health, it is gratifying to learn that we could reduce infant mortality rates by 5 percent to 10 percent each year that a woman stays in school,” Mr. Ikpoki emphasized.
He explained that during the 21 days of Y’ello Care, staff in all the Business District of the company will engage in activities aimed at creating a good teaching and learning environment for students and teachers, as well as support them to adopt ICT as a tool for their education.
Some of the activities, he said, include refurbishment of school blocks, ICT training in selected schools and career counseling sessions.
The CEO expressed the hope that “at the end of the 21 days, MTN would have contributed significantly to improving the existing educational infrastructure in selected institutions across the country.”
Reverend Isaac Brown, the Headmaster of Osu Salem JHS, said the school had sought several external assistance to put the dilapidated school structure in a good shape, but all efforts proved futile.
“It was therefore gratifying when the MTN Ghana Foundation approached us with the promise to help refurbish the school.”
On behalf of the school, he thanked MTN for the assistance and expressed the hope that the renovation would go a long way to positively impact teachers and students of the school.